Until very recently, ethical discussions were only relevant to fields of research in which research is conducted on humans, such as medicine and some social sciences. However, due to the sensitive nature of security research (where we often probe the security of real systems) and the increased involvement of humans as in (in)direct research objects in the Information Sciences (IS), these ethical discussions are also becoming important in this field.
To guarantee the integrity of the researchers and their research, a framework within which to work is necessary to guarantee the quality and social relevance of research conducted under the umbrella of the Informatics Institute. A framework where the legal and ethical aspects of research need to be examined before, during and after the project.
The Ethics Committee for Information Sciences is a joint committee of VU, UvA, and CWI.